Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne…[God’s rule]” (Ps 89:14, NKJV).  Note also Rev 11:19.

“...Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin” (Rom 7:7).

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4, NIV). Note also 1 John 3:8; Rom 5:12.

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after  receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [we will not be covered by God's grace], but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

“ ‘...If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments’ ” (Matt 19:17, NKJV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but [only] he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV). Note also Matt 7:22,23.

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law [the entire Ten Commandments], and yet offend in one point [one commandment], he is guilty of all [one violation would be sufficient to show the basic disposition of the heart. A basic question of loyalty to authority]. For He who said, ‘Do not  commit adultery,’ said also, ‘Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty [a clear reference to the same Ten Commandments given to Moses. The Ten Commandments are the standard of Christian conduct]” (James 2:10-12, KJV).

“You see that a person is justified by what he does [the standard of Christian conduct, God’s law] and not by faith alone. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead [it is made void, thus voiding God’s grace]” (James 2:24,26, NIV).

“Blessed are those who do His commandments [all ten], that they may have the right to the tree of life [eternal life], and may enter through the gates into the city [Heaven]” (Rev 22:14, NKJV).

“For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified [treated as righteous]” (Rom 2:13, NKJV).

“Do we then make void the law [the Ten Commandments (the moral law)] through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law [Here’s the key: — In the context of salvation (Justification – right standing before God), law keeping is of no avail, but in the context of Christian conduct (Sanctification – right living before God), God’s law has value and validity]” (Rom 3:31, NKJV).

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith [the context here is behaviour, practice]; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor 13:5, NIV).

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17, NASB).


Grace And Obedience

(A mix from some other poems of mine)

Righteousness and justice — God's Holy Word tells us — “are the foundation”
Of that holy realm of God Almighty, from which He rules creation.
For love knows that law is clearly needed, as should lawlessness prevail,
Anarchy would soon rule the day, and God’s government would therefore fail.

God’s Law is what we are judged by, for although we are saved by His grace,
His grace is not a substitute for obedience’s rightful place.
'Though folk might say God’s love is unconditional, not so salvation,
For it is here that faith and works must have a very close relation.

Yes, there has always been a standard that our God wants us to uphold,
And that such is His Ten Commandment Law — we via the Scriptures are told.
For although God knows that only His grace can release us from our plight,
He never intended that His grace let us off from doing what's right.

No, our God’s freely given mercy, is hardly for pardoning sin,
But just those repentant sinners who now no longer want sin within.
For it was never our God’s intention that His grace should cover sin,
But that through the Spirit's enabling, victory over sin we'd win.

You see, grace isn’t where it ends, for that is simply the beginning,
For our God who hates “lawlessness” says, do not wilfully keep sinning. 
Thus, all those doing their best to walk rightly, are covered by His grace,
But should they choose to walk wrongly, they will then simply that grace displace.

Yes, eternal life is promised on acceptance of God’s loving gift,
But not responding to His will here, will simply make this whole thing shift.
Yes, God accepts us where we are, but there, gives us no excuse to stay,
Hence why it is that we are judged by that Law that He has said obey.

And hence why it states in the Bible that if His Law is not obeyed
We will simply nullify His grace and the penalty that He paid.
Not because obedience can save us, but because it is the fruit,
Showing that it's His will we do, and never just what ourselves will suit.

Our God wants us all to obey Him, not because we are saved by works,
But because the genuine person hardly such righteous living shirks.
You see, though our works can never save us, our hearts true intent they show,
Proven in the fruitage that soon comes as further in Jesus we grow.

Although it is our God who changes us, we still have our part to play,
Letting Him do His sanctifying work within our hearts every day.
And as the Holy Spirit changes all those who to their Saviour cling,
Their transformation witnesses, and thus glory to our God will bring.

Thus we busy doing what we should, and knowing that we're covered
By that blood shed on the cross when our Saviour the world recovered.
God's gift of grace hardly for playing with, but simply the beginning,
'Cause once it's been accepted, it’s meant to help keep us from sinning.

Yes, the whole object of Calvary was to both save and then transform,
But any such transformation requires the saved person to conform.
For God to change us inwardly, He needs willing co-operation,
As any growth and change within our lives requires some application.

No, God can’t allow just taking grace, as though that is all that we need,
Hence why we are told repeatedly that His Commandments we must heed.
For He knows that change is needed, and thus His Law shows us where to start,
Which is why He wants it kept willingly, and deeply within our heart.

By Lance Landall

The third to last verse of this poem was altered on 12 September 2020.